West Volusia Historical Society
137 W. Michigan Ave.
DeLand, FL  32720
PH: 386-740-6813

To preserve and promote the history of West Volusia County
Our Volunteers are STARS
Volunteers are critical for the success of the West Volusia Historical Society, which is almost entirely a volunteer organization. You’ll see our volunteers serving as docents in DeLand House Museum, the DeLand Memorial Hospital Museum, and the Elizabeth R. Burgess Pavilion, as Historical Reenactors, as programs and special events coordinators, committee members and Board of Directors, business services and financial services, research assistants and archivists, communications managers, and buildings and grounds support.

Annually, our volunteers log well over 7,000 hours – roughly 600 hours a month,                                and often hours are unreported. 

Thank you Volunteers! You ARE the West Volusia Historical Society.

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​​​​Here are just a few of our 2019 STAR Volunteers who received recognition at the                            Annual Membership Dinner January, 2020

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Karen Ryder
Historian of the Year​ - 2019
Presented by Deborah McShane
Volunteer of the Year - 2018​​​
George Crofts
 Volunteer of the Year​ - 2019
Presented by Karen Tweedie
Volunteer of the Year - 2018​​​
Legacy Award
Presented to Ora Seigworth and the late Dr. Gilbert Seigworth
by Mary Lou Peffer, Past President
Karen Ryder, Historian of the Year, has held many leadership roles for the Society. Most recently, she has been the Curator of the DeLand House Museum, Lead Docent and trainer for Museum Docents, and Archivist.  In 2019 her book Better Country Beyond, the amazing story of the founding and settling of DeLand. All proceeds from the sale of her book go to the West Volusia Historical Society. Karen and her husband Bob Wetton have given many hours of service to the Society and have been honored many times for their contributions.

George Crofts, ​Volunteer of the Year, is a member of the Board of Directors and volunteers willingly and cheerfully as "resident gardener", keeping the DeLand House Museum and Conrad Education and Research Center alive and attractive.  George is also always on-call for directing traffic and parking for special events, and any other job requested on a moment's notice.

The West Volusia Historical Society Legacy Award is a new category of recognition. This year it was given to Mrs. Ora Seigworth and the late Dr. Gilbert Seigworth for their many donations and curation of authentic medical equipment, artifacts and room designs on exhibit at the DeLand Memorial Hospital and Veterans' Museum, North Stone Street in DeLand. A commemorative plaque is on display at the Memorial Hospital Museum.​​